Another bored at work post. To add insult to injury, I have to work tomorrow from 12 to 8 too and had to turn down my sons offer for Mother’s Day Dinner. *sigh*
I know I’ve said this before, but it’s been a while since that last time and who knows – maybe I have new or different visitors since the last time. When I first started blogging, the thought of getting free books from authors/publishers was kind of exciting. And I accepted a few, but for whatever reason, I think there was only one I carried through and read. That book, Broken Wing by Judith James, haunted me and started another one of my dips into shameless promotion. I was so taken, and remain so, with this book I wanted EVERYONE to read it and many people did.
But other than that I don’t know if I actually read any. As soon as I started thinking I HAD to read a book, I lost all desire to read it and I began to feel that for me – and I emphasize for me and me only – I was taking them under false pretenses and I stopped. And I must admit it was the best decision I’ve made with both my reading and blogging world. Since then, when I go nutty for a book, it’s really ‘cause I’ve gone nutty, it’s not because I feel any sense of obligation to any author for gifting me with a freebie.
When I check out reviews at GoodReads or Amazon, I’m noticing more and more often the review states they received a free book in exchange for an honest opinion. It’s such a small little phrase, but for me – and again just me – I’m ever so glad I don’t have to add that little line. Since every book I read I pay for – unless it’s a freebie for everyone on either Amazon or through BookBub, I can write a brilliantly scathing review should I so choose. I wouldn’t do that; I have an inherent admiration for all authors as it’s something I can’t do and even if I loathe the book, the next person may well love it. So when I do write a not so positive review I like to add something positive and also note that for me it didn’t work. For example I just read a one star review for a book I gave five stars to and scratched my head at why the reviewer didn’t see the brilliance I did – but that’s the way it is. Tastes are different for all readers and we will never get a complete agreement on a book.
But still – I can say what I want without a nanosecond of guilt and I don’t want to give that up. I was checking out author websites the other day and one author I love was looking for readers to help promote her books as kind of a ‘street’ team. She was making it kind of a contest and the prizes were not too shabby. I was oh, so tempted to add my name cause I liked the prizes and I love her books. But then would come that overinflated sense of obligation. What if I did win a prize and then hated a book she wrote. I’d be too conflicted. So I’ll promote her books, not to win a prize, but because I just love her books.
I get people sending me email asking to review a book or host an author’s book tour or something but I’m awful and never answer. What I should do is add something to my sidebar about my reviewing policy – that I do it simply for the joy of reading and have a good enough disposable income that free books aren’t a draw for me. Yep, that’s what I’ll do – once I figure out how to word it.